subtle and mental spheres the lover is conscious of being separated from the beloved, but when all these spheres are transcended, the lover is conscious of his unity with the Beloved. The lover loses himself in the being of the Beloved and knows that he is one with the Beloved. Divine love is entirely free from the thraldom of desires or limiting self. In this state of infinity the lover has no being apart from the Beloved. He is the Beloved Himself.
We thus have God as infinite love, first limiting Himself in the forms of creation, and then recovering His infinity through the different stages of creation. The divine romance All the stages of God’s experience of being a finite lover ultimately culminate in His experiencing Himself as the sole Beloved. The sojourn of the soul is a thrilling divine romance in which the lover, who in the beginning is conscious of nothing but emptiness, frustration, superficiality and the gnawing chains of bondage, gradually attains an increasingly fuller and freer expression of love, and ultimately disappears and merges in the divine Beloved to realise the unity of the Lover and the Beloved in the supreme and eternal fact of God as Infinite Love.